Instant banana ice cream

A speedy ice cream from James Martin - frozen banana chunks whizzed to a tangy purée with delicious buttermilk and vanilla
By James Martin
Instant banana ice cream
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  • Serves: Makes about 1 litre
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus freezing
  • Effort: easy



  • 4 bananas
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • 150 ml buttermilk


1. Peel the bananas and cut into chunks. Arrange in a single layer on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, leaving space between the chunks. Put in the freezer for a few hours until frozen hard.

2. Tip the frozen banana chunks into a food processor. Add the vanilla, sugar and most of the buttermilk.

3. Process to a chunky purée. Then, with the machine still running, pour in the remaining buttermilk in a thin steady stream. Let the machine run until the mixture is beautifully smooth and creamy. Serve at once.

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